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Monday, September 19, 2016

George Street Playhouse to host 2016-17 season special preview

George Street Playhouse will host a special event to preview its groundbreaking 2016-17 season and celebrate the 20th anniversary of David Saint’s tenure as artistic director on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 6 p.m. The evening will be highlighted by a performance from members of the cast of Daddy Long Legs and a meet-and-greet with cast members from the season-opening Mama’s Boy.

The free event is open to the public, but reservations are required. If you are interested in attending, please visit www.georgestreetplayhouse.org and click on the link to register on the home page or call the box office at 732-246-7717.

The sneak preview will also feature behind-the-scenes discussions about the Playhouse’s upcoming shows, ticket giveaways and discount offers. Light refreshments will be provided.

George Street Playhouse’s 43rd season begins in October and will feature five extraordinary productions, including: Mama’s Boy, a chilling glimpse into the home life of Lee Harvey Oswald; Daddy Long Legs, a romantic musical based on a classic novel; American Son, a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the nation’s racial divide; Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, a comedic take on family, faith and legacy; and a fifth play to be announced at a later date.

Individual tickets for the 2016-17 season, as well as full and partial subscription packages are on sale now. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district. For tickets and information, patrons may contact the Box Office directly at 732-246-7717 or may purchase online at www.georgestreetplayhouse.org.

George Street Playhouse sponsors bus and theatre packages from many active adult communities in the Monroe Township area. For information on bus and theatre packages, as well as pricing and reservation information for groups of 10 or more, please contact the Group Sales office at 732-846-2895, ext. 134.

About the Productions

Mama’s Boy
By Rob Urbinati
Directed by David Saint
October 18 – November 6, 2016

She never believed her son was a monster -- but was she the cause? Marguerite Oswald was domineering, obsessive and desperate in her need to be loved by her younger son, Lee Harvey. A chilling glimpse into the Oswald household before and after that fateful November morning in Dallas.

Daddy Long Legs
Book by John Caird; Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Based on the classic novel by Jean Webster
Directed by Michael Mastro
November 29 – December 24, 2016

A witty and winsome young woman’s wishes are answered when an anonymous gentleman she nicknames “Daddy Long Legs” gives her the opportunity to leave her orphanage and attend university. In return, Jerusha shares her life with her unknown benefactor through treasured letters as she grows into an intelligent and independent woman and experiences a budding romance with a young suitor.

American Son
By Christopher Demos-Brown
February 7 – 26, 2017

Jamal’s mother and her estranged husband rush to the police station when their son's car has been pulled over. With no explanation forthcoming and emotions building, this highly-charged drama twists, turns and builds to an explosive conclusion. American Son, recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for a new play by an emerging playwright, is certain to challenge assumptions and ignite conversations regarding recent events and the racial divide in this country.

Bad Jews
By Joshua Harmon
Directed by Jessica Stone
March 21 – April 9, 2017

Liam is a self-proclaimed “bad Jew” – and he may actually be an atheist. It’s the night after his grandfather’s funeral, and Liam and his high-strung and unbending cousin Daphna are arguing over who should inherit “Poppy’s” Chai necklace. The verbal battle rages until Liam stakes claim to the necklace, and a vicious and hilarious brawl about family, faith and legacy begins.

Season Finale (TBD)
One additional selection will be announced at a later date.
May 2 – 21, 2017

About George Street Playhouse


George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Its leadership consists of Artistic Director David Saint (photo), Resident Artistic Director Michael Mastro and Managing Director Kelly Ryman.

Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway, including the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In 2015, George Street Playhouse was represented by two productions in New York with the Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies, which opened off-Broadway that same year. Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse. In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Educational Theatre features three issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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